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Cheney schools need space

I was shocked and saddened by the results of the last election, in which the Cheney High School bond did not have enough yes votes to pass.

As a parent and professor, I am fortunate to collaborate with the Cheney schools often. My Eastern Washington University students observe at Snowdon Elementary and see firsthand how facilities can positively impact learning. Most recently, we helped run a fitness fundraiser for Windsor Elementary. Gratefully, we were able to use the newly built Westwood Middle School track and tennis courts.

Last week, one of my EWU students taught a lesson in which 120 high school students had to share a gym. This hinders quality teaching and learning, as well as safety. This problem is not exclusive to physical education. Overcrowding is forcing students into portables, crowded hallways and common areas. Our high school students need more space.

There is a reason our enrollment is skyrocketing. Cheney schools are amazing. But they can only continue to be so if we offer our students top educational experiences, which require appropriate facilities. Please think of the children, who are our future, and let’s approve the Cheney school bond.

Carri Kreider


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